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Old 03-10-2002, 07:59 AM   #1
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Mandrake and Root?

Iím reading some materials on the Internet about Linux and donít understand the meaning of the paragraph:
At one point in either installation, you choose whether you want Gnome or KDE, or both. Then, interestingly, Mandrake gives you an option for no root password, which I think is a terrible idea -- sure, not having a root password can be convenient, but it is just about the worst option you can have if you want your Linux box to be secure

Does this mean that Mandrake doesnít has a root in the system?
Old 03-10-2002, 08:26 AM   #2
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No, what this means is that it gives you the option to not set a password for the root user (super-user). Root is the user that can do anything to your system, traditionally it's been the one who does all the configuration and system maintance. Not setting a root password means anyone can do anything to your system.
Old 03-11-2002, 05:50 AM   #3
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Which means that if it's connected to the internet in any way, and doesn't have adequate security features, then some little scamp can completely cock up your system for you. If you only have a standalone machine, and you are the only person that is ever going to use your machine, then it might be a reasonable thing to do - you're not going to forget a non existant password . Otherwise, give root a password that you will remember, and is unlikely to be cracked. I read once, that: I Was Born In September 1976 (replace with your own birthday) was a fairly common method of passwording. Personally I use a word that is in the dictionary, but is not in the slightest relevant to either the computer, my work, interests or me! No one has ever guessed my passwords yet!


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